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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Apr 21, 2023

“Controlled Freezing Studies as a Corollary Selection Method for Winterhardiness in Perennial Flax (Linum spp.)” with Neil Anderson, Professor & Interim Department Head at the Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota

Flax is an important crop worldwide for its many uses, but as with all plants, its global use is limited by the conditions in which it can grow. Enter Neil Anderson, a crop breeder focused on improving many breeding characteristics in flax including winter hardiness. In this episode, Neil joins us to discuss his work using controlled freezing experiments to test the winterhardiness of flax.

Tune in to learn:

·         Past and present uses for flax

·         How flax varieties got their names

·         How researchers do or don’t account for factors like snow cover or sudden freezes

·         Future research possibilities for flax

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Forever Green Initiative Perennial Flax Site:

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Minnesota Hardy Plant Breeding:

Giving Flax a Perennial Upgrade with Crop Wild Relatives article from the Sustainable Secure Food Blog:

Horticultural Crop Revitalization for Future Needs:

Cranberry Molecular Physiology Mura Lab:

Chrysanthemum Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

Cushion Growth Habit Chrysanthemums Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

Shrub Cushion Growth Habit Chrysanthemums Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

Upright Growth Habit Chrysanthemums Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

Wave Growth Habit Chrysanthemums Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

Gaura Breeding at the University of Minnesota:

MN Aquaponics Website:

New Floriculture Crop Species:

Worldwide Sustainable Horticultural Crop Production:

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